Much ado about Local​ Plan Part 2.

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 Last week Waverley’s new boys on the block unveiled their vision for the borough for the next four years.

The one-pager was given a pasting by the Tories – and a Farnham Resident who claimed: If this had been produced by the Tories we would probably have ripped it to shreds. – Oops, there goes any possible hope of Farnham Resident Cllr Gerry Hyman ever getting a seat on an influential committee?

Former leader Julia Potts described it as a …

“disappointing lack-lustre wish list” and wanted it deferred for more work.”

The document was high on aspiration and a bit thin on substance, but it was the item on Local Plan Part 2 that had the Tories juices flowing.

  • Responsible planning and development, supporting place-shaping and local engagement in planning policy.

So where is LP2, cried the Tories, who, after withdrawing the document six months before the May election, now want it on the stocks? “Your honeymoon period is over” said Cllr Steve Cosser, “when are you going to produce LPP2 because it is critical.”

For our readers’ information Local Plan Part 1 – adopted in February 2018 – is still languishing in the High Court awaiting a decision on an appeal made by the Campaign For The Protection of Rural England and Protect Our Waverley. So until that is given the all-clear we will not know the exact number of homes to be provided in the borough of Waverley for the period up to 2032.

The second part of the Local Plan will contain the policies that direct planning application decisions and will allocate sites for housing in parts of the borough where Neighbourhood Plans are not doing so. This then meets the target set out in Local Plan Part 1. When the judge gets back from his holidays presumably? Hope he didn’t go with Thompsons, or it may be delayed further?

Don’t switch off, because this is important. LP2 earmarks sites – some very controversial – including sites in Haslemere – and allocates sites for Gipsies and Travellers.  One such site has already been set up on the outskirts of Dunsfold but in the parish of Bramley, and there is a live planning application pending a decision. Whilst the families are already nicely settled in!

The original consultation exercise began in May 2018 and workshops were held all over the borough with comments required by July ’18.  Residents, businesses and developers were asked to comment, and they did.  Then just months later the Plan was pulled.

Said the former Portfolio holder for Planning, Councillor Chris Storey : “Waverley is one of the best places in the UK to live and work. But that doesn’t mean we should sit back and relax.

“We need to think about being a sustainable borough, where people of all ages want to, and can, continue to live and work. The council is interested in hearing the views of all our residents to help guide and shape the future of our beautiful borough and I would encourage everyone to take the time and to get involved”.

Now the Tories are urging the new Rainbow Coalition to get on with it, and asking why is the borough waiting for the LPP2?

Bramley’s Cllr Seaborne had a somewhat pharochial view of matters, saying an application had been submitted for land north of Lydia Park, Dunsfold. “An application that could see “largest gypsy site in the country become even larger. A scheme that me and my colleagues are very concerned about? So perhaps Cllr Follows could tell us all when he intends to produce LPP2?

Farnham Residents’ Cllr Andy McLeod denied that the colition was holding up LPP2, saying it was still being worked on by the planning department and there would be an annoucement in the next few weeks. 

It took Cllr Steve Williams to calm down the noisy rhettoric.  He reminded everyone there were four groups represented on the Executive, an Executive on which the Tories refused to be a part.

‘I’m afraid to say, what we have seen this evening shocks me to the core” with our Tory colleagues opposing things just for the sake of it.” 

The draft Local Plan Part 2 and relevant supporting documents can be viewed on the web site at www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2 and at the Waverley Borough Council offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR, and at locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

 

 

3 thoughts on “Much ado about Local​ Plan Part 2.

  1. Finally managed to watch this evening and I have to say – once the Toys had been put back in the basket – they finally seemed to get down to business and I HOPE that is the way they will behave from now on… It was a bit like watching children -But I guess at the moment that is the way of politics… Well Done Mary for keeping the rabble at bay!

    The document was Flimsy – But I understand that it doesn’t have to be a Glossy PR Pitch either… but somewhere in the middle would have been more appropriate and a bit more
    detail would have been appreciated.

    I think the need for LPP2 needs to be addressed with all Urgency – As Cllr Townsend said it is all good and well banging on about GREENBELT – but for those of us in the East that do not have that protection (Due to the fact that we are Rural) means that Cranleigh and surrounding villages have been shafted by Developers, Planning Officers and Inspectors.

    Greenbelt as we have said a million times is just a Planning means of preventing SUBURBAN Settlements from Joining up. COUNTRYSIDE Beyond the Greenbelt is just that COUNTRYSIDE that is needed to provide the Lungs for this country and should be part of the Climate Change Emergency.. You kill the countryside and Greenhouse gases RISE it is not rocket science – I hope that the new Executive take this on-board

  2. Spot on as usual Denise Wordworth after taking the time and trouble to watch the webcast. We wonder how many others in the borough would be bothered … pity really as local government, just like justice needs to be seen to be done?

  3. As mentioned by a few of the Councillors – This Climate Change Emergency – is all good and well in Waverley and its residents – But what about SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL???
    Today in the Surrey Live site…………………..

    Surrey Live 25th September 2019
    Nearly 3,000 tonnes of Ash trees were cut down on Surrey County Council land to be burned as fuel last year in a policy branded “utterly unacceptable” by campaigners.
    The trees, which covered around 18 acres of the council’s countryside estate managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, were cut down between April 2018 and March 2019 because they were either affected by or at risk of ash dieback, Cllr Mike Goodman told the county’s cabinet on Tuesday (September 24).
    A freedom of information request previously found that 2,722 tonnes of wood from the felling had been sold for use in biomass power generation at a profit of £38,615, which environmental campaigners say contributes to global warming. It is not clear exactly how many trees were cut down.
    Sally Blake, coordinator of Save Surrey Countryside, told councillors at Tuesday’s meeting: “This has contributed a significant quantity of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, despite the United Nations’ dire report on global warming in October 2018. “Although some of the trees were affected with ash dieback, SCC, and its contractor Surrey Wildlife Trust, decided to fell many hectares of ash trees, healthy and infected, whilst other local councils are only targeting individual trees for felling on a risk basis, and not supplying the timber as biomass fuel.”
    Ms Blake asked the council cabinet whether the felling was “consistent” with a motion passed on July 9 declaring a climate emergency, and how the council planned to replace the trees and remove the carbon produced by the biomass generation from the atmosphere.
    Biomass generation – burning wood and other organic materials to produce electricity – has been advanced as a more environmentally friendly replacement for fossil fuels, but some climate scientists have warned that it could be less efficient and actually increase the levels of carbon

    Surrey County Council to plant 1.2 million trees by 2030
    In response to Ms Blake’s question, Cllr Goodman, cabinet member for the environment, said the felling was done “with the full approval of the Forestry Commission and Natural England” and “to ensure public safety on the county council’s countryside estate, due to the proximity of these trees along public rights of way.”
    He added that while some of the timber had been used as biomass fuel, some had also been sent for use in making furniture.
    While Cllr Goodman did not specifically state how the policy was in line with the council’s declaration of a climate emergency, he did say that the county council had pledged to plant 1.2 million trees by 2030, one for each person in the county, and was working with several partners to determine how this could be achieved.
    “I think I am right to say we are the only council in the UK that have announced such a different approach of planting one tree for every single head of population and I welcome that,” he said, “I think it’s the right thing to do.”
    Timber being driven away from Norbury Park after several ash trees were felled. The council said the trees were either affected by or at risk of ash dieback disease. (Image: Sally Blake)
    However, speaking after the meeting, Ms Blake said even this policy was “utterly insufficient”, pointing to the Government’s recent Landscapes Review which suggests the UK should be planting around 48 million trees per year.
    “Cllr Goodman has failed to explain how that mass of carbon is to be replaced in our countryside and taken back out of the atmosphere,” she said, “This policy of felling trees for profit is utterly unacceptable when we should be protecting them in the fight against climate change.”

    I will probably be propping up the daisies – before they finish planting their saplings… As was rightly pointed out this is for the NEXT GENERATION and we should address these issues now
    As ever
    Denise

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